Celebrations : Paddington Bear Party

Last week Paddington Bear was released digitally and we were thrilled to asked to host a Paddington Bear Party with snacks, decorations, and a digital copy (two weeks before it was released on DVD!) provided. It turned out to be bad timing with Desmonda Drama falling ill and having to have tests Friday but with all the goodies available at PaddingtonParties.com, the party came together in a snap!

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Five Mother’s Journals That Mom Will Actually Use

Mother’s Day is coming up and trust me, mom doesn’t need another mug or pen or brooch. Flowers die and candy boxes never live up to their promise. So what’s a kid to do? Invest in a journal. My mom has been writing in journals for years (I can’t wait to crack open those babies one day.) Writing is great for destressing (which every mom needs!) And journals make a great place to save memories for kids.

But don’t pick up a pretty blank book and call it a day. Instead opt for one of these journals which not only make writing a snap but also open up the lines of communications between mom and kids.
Journals for Mom
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Small Changes for Earth Day

Small Changes for Earth Day
Lately Calamity Jane is totally inspired by her hero Jane Goodall which means she is all about doing everything she can to help endangered animals and save the earth. But not every thing has to be a action like moving to live with the monkeys.

Small changes can make a difference too.
Here are some small changes you can make today to celebrate Earth Day everyday!
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School’s Out for Summer Gift

With the amount of um, enthusiasm, the Terror Twins bring to the school day, I like to hand out gift cards to their teachers. But for extracurricular teachers as well as the staff that make our school special, I love to give a little something to let them know how much we appreciate everything they do!

These useful cups are perfect for the end of the year since they have everything a school employee needs to celebrate that first day of summer…. and the best part is how they come in at about $3 each.
Cheap Teacher Gift Idea
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5 Ways to Amp Up Your Smartphone

This post is in partnership with US Cellular.

I have written before about how my eight year old has a cooler phone than I do. When I joined the US Cellular program, we made the decision to give Calamity Jane the iPhone5 to use as her phone when away from us. And it serves as our house phone since I fear otherwise they would never learn how to answer a phone. Or will phones have died out by the time they are adults?

Though I am happy they have it, only the best for my kids an all, I am still a little jealous. But at least I can amp up my phone with the following tips…
Five Ways Up to Amp Up Your Mobile
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10 Dryer Sheet Hacks #FreeToBe #LifeHacks

It’s full on Spring weather here. And with it comes Spring smells and smears. Little kids can be filthy, filthy creatures. Though I try to do my part by keeping the house clean, I almost always end up falling behind. Way behind. Which I why I love these dryer sheets hacks.

We actually don’t use dryer sheets and I had ignored the #LifeHacks with them in the past because of our skin sensitivities. But now that all® free clear makes dryer sheets, I am all over them. The dryer sheets have the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance™ (products with the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ are those that avoid certain chemicals, dyes, perfumes and residues that are known to be unsuitable for use by persons with eczema or a sensitive skin condition.) We’re #FreeToBe dryer sheet hackers!

Now on to the hacks!
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Fast Food Fridays : Italian Meatball Sliders

Italian Meatball Sliders

Even though I try to make most things from scratch at home, I do occasionally use convenience products to get dinner on the table faster. The key is using products that are as high quality as possible. One of my favorites is the Aidells line. Their high quality ingredients set them apart from other lines.

And they are freaking delicious.

Though their sausages are usually my go to, I also love their meatballs. We often use them as appetizers at parties and in the girls’ lunches. Another one of my favorite ones to use them is for a fun Friday night supper: meatball sliders!
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Spring Break is Over and I Am Sad

Hey yo, this post is part of my partnership with US Cellular. Thanks to them for letting me write about stuff on the internet and keeping my eight year old connected to YouTube.

Planning Summer Vacation

Sigh, I guess I have to accept that Spring Break is really over given that it is the Tuesday after. I miss vacation. It’s not that our trip to Texas was anything elaborate; it’s just good to get away. So I am already planning our summer vacation. With a little help from my smartphone. That way I can plan anytime I need an escape.
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Fast Food Fridays : Breakfasts on the Go

Breakfast on the Go
Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day; it’s the one meal my kids will actually eat. So I really try to stuff them with the most filling thing possible. I go with full meals most mornings… oatmeal with fruit, eggs with bacon, french toast. But sometimes the chaos means breakfast needs to be something quick. And something we can eat on the walk to school.

My go to items are egg in toast and PB&J toast but on a big days, we need more of a protein punch.

So on the mornings when I just can’t get er done, I depend on a few convenience items. One of those is El Monterey breakfast burritos. They are packed with protein and ready in under five minutes. Plus my San Antonio bred girls chow down on them. These girls were bred on rice and beans and they gobble down breakfast burritos like my college self gulped breakfast tacos.
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Spring Fashion : Natural Elements

Spring Fashion

It’s supposed to snow in Columbia tomorrow, but I am in sunny Texas where Spring has definitely sprung.
Even though I usually don’t follow any trends, the Spring weather does make me want to switch up my wardrobe into lighter, simpler, natural pieces. Which is right on trend this year!

Sure you’ve got pop art and black mesh, but overall the trends are about solid colors and natural fabrics. Which makes for wearable outfits for real people like you and me.

Some of the pieces I am incorporating into my Spring wardrobe…
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